The perfect place to retire
With its lively community, shops, restaurants, security and great location, Kings Hill, near Maidstone, is fast becoming a popular choice for retirement – especially for the young at heart.
Carefully designed to reflect a traditional village with winding streets, tree-lined avenues and busy thoroughfares, Kings Hill offers a wide choice of accommodation, from elegant townhouses and stylish apartments to traditional family homes with large gardens.
The buzzing village centre, which is within a few minutes walk from all housing areas, offers a good range of shops – including Waitrose and Asda – as well as a Costa Coffee, Shepherd Neame pub, restaurants, hairdressers and other High Street amenities. The doctors’ surgery, opticians, pharmacy and vets are also in the centre.
It is a very active community with numerous social events, clubs, societies and many opportunities to keep fit. There is an 18 hole golf course, David Lloyd Leisure Centre, cricket pitch, brand new sports pitches and allotments. 40% of the development is open space, criss-crossed by a network of foot and cycle paths, leading to ancient woodland and protected heathland.
The homes are being developed by Kings Hill New Homes, a forum which brings together masterplanning developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and homebuilders currently building at Kings Hill - Bellway; Crest Nicholson; Environ; Hillreed and Ward Homes.
Kings Hill has the age mix found in any town or city in the UK, which helps maintain its vibrancy and many retirees move to Kings Hill to be closer to their families – many of whom are already living there. Retired GP David Scott and his wife Wendy did just that.
“We moved from Cheshire to this area a year ago to be near our family and as soon as we saw Kings Hill we knew this was the place for us,” he said. “It has excellent amenities within walking distance if we were no longer able to drive and there are even buses if walking became a problem. The layout of Kings Hill is very attractive with lots of open spaces; the landscaping is beautiful and well kept. We particularly like the area of Oaks Hamlet where we live. It is close to woodland and a country park, so quiet, peaceful and friendly. We know we made the right decision in choosing Kings Hill - ideal for our retirement.”
One of the great advantages of buying a new-build – apart from no DIY - is lower running costs thanks to good insulation and modern construction methods. The homes are also built to Lifetime Homes Standards and are either wheelchair friendly or easily adaptable should the need arise.
Mrs Kirsten Fry retired to Kings Hill almost 15 years ago and said:
“I retired and moved to Kings Hill during phase one of the development,” she said. “I have enjoyed every aspect of living here, especially feeling safe and secure. I love walking and can be in the country park within two minutes walk from my front door. The area is kept clean with beautiful and outstanding landscaping.”
Currently available at Kings Hill, and perfect for retirement, are:
Bellway, Gallantry Park: 2 – 5 bedroom homes from £244,995 - £499,995
Environ, Oaks Hamlet, The Manor: 2 bedroom homes from £327,500 - £397,500 and Keepers Court:
4 – 5 bedroom Eco homes from £562,500 - £677,000.
Hillreed, Cathcart Gate: 2 - 5 bedroom homes from £242,950 to £464,950
Ward Homes, Jubilee Court: 2 – 4 bedroom homes from £247,000 - £250,000
“Kings Hill is considered a safe and secure place to live with a thriving community and Liberty Square caters for all your daily needs,” says Hillreed Homes’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Jo Richards, on behalf of Kings Hill New Homes. “All of our homes are set within a beautifully landscaped environment and are easy to maintain so are ideal if you are retiring and do not want the hassle of lots of gardening and decorating. In fact a new Hillreed Home will leave you with plenty of quality time to enjoy your favourite pastimes or just lock up and leave if you are travelling further afield.”